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Creamfields festival goer taken to hospital after 'hiding drugs'
9:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
OVERDOSES, vomiting blood and drugs hidden inside the body.
All were reasons people at Creamfields were rushed to hospital by paramedics.
The North West Ambulance Service has revealed the nature of incidents emergency crews responded to during the dance music festival in Daresbury.
A festival goer suspected of taking an overdose was found vomiting blood, while another needed treatment after hiding drugs internally caused injury.
Spinal and shoulder injuries, along with a cocaine overdose and ecstasy overdose, and fractured jaw, were also treated.
It is believed a woman suffered a broken collarbone, and a man a broken leg, while attempting to climb the perimiter fence without a ticket, although neither could be confirmed by officials.
More than 150 emergency calls were made to paramedics over Creamfields, with 28 people taken to hospital by ambulance between Friday evening and Monday morning of August bank holiday weekend.
The number of incidents was lower than the amount of calls taken, as some were reported by more than one person, according to NWAS A spokesman said: “The NWAS crews work in conjunction with the other medical providers in responding to patients at the first aid posts or on the perimeter of the arena, returning them to the field hospital and when necessary transporting them to accident and emergency departments.
“NWAS provides resources to work alongside St John Ambulance and private medical contractors in providing medical care for all attendees and staff at the event.”
During Creamfields a dedicated field hospital is set up on site, staffed by a combination of first aiders, nurses and doctors.
First aid posts are located in the arena and campsite areas, while medical teams operate within the arena during show times.
At peak times there is three ambulances and crews on stand by, and one urgent care service vehicle and crew.
An advanced paramedic was on duty at the field hospital on Saturday night.
The spokesman added: ““Resources are in place specifically for the event and are in addition to those providing an emergency medical response to the general public.
“All costs in respect of providing NWAS resources at the event are recovered from the event organiser.”
Police called Creamfields a ‘success’ after many drugs targeted before the festival were seized before getting into the event.
Officers confiscated amounts of PMA, earmarked as posing a potentially fatal risk to users. There were no deaths reported.
PMA is an amphetamine often mistaken for ecstasy and it was found in green pills with a Rolex watch stamp.
Ecstasy and cocaine were among the most common drugs taken by police. MCAT and ketamine were also found.
DC Jamie Thompson, of Cheshire Police’s drug unit, said around 600 packets of drugs were also left in amnesty bins.
The bins offer carriers the chance to dump illegal substances without being arrested.
“We are getting better at what we do and have a more targeted approach,” said DC Thompson.
“Unfortunately some people still aren’t heeding the warnings.
“Our main aim was for everyone to be safe and I think we achieved that.”
More than 80 people were arrested, double the amount compared to Creamfields in 2012, with police yet to confirm how many will be charged.
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